OUSD(I) posts RFI for publicly available information
On April 23, the U.S. Air Force, on behalf of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, posted a request for information for publicly available information evaluation. Responses are due by May 10.
The Department of Defense (DoD) as directed by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (OUSD(I)) requires a solution to evaluate publicly available information (PAI) in real time, in order to provide increased situational awareness, force protection, and Indications and Warnings (I&W) to Combatant Commands and Military Services on global events.
The solution should leverage a variety of publicly available sources, evaluate content to detect emerging events and threats as they are developing, and push alerts to users based on user-defined areas and topics of interest, such as threats to US Forces (i.e., Force Protection, terrorist events, disaster relief, etc.) and event geolocation, both in CONUS and OCONUS. Solution must be capable of distributing alerts in near real-time via email, web-based applications, and mobile platforms.
Information and the first indication of a situation is often available quicker and in more abundance through publicly available means than through defense only channels. The early receipt of information provides commanders and DoD member’s additional decision space which can be imperative in the protection of forces and assets as well as enable them to tip and cue additional assets or take additional actions.
Full information is available here.